Each year The Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges (OACC) recognizes outstanding two year students at The All-Oklahoma/USA Community College Academic Team Program”. To be eligible, students must be nominated by their college president to the All-USA Academic Team. Nominees must be eligible to graduate during the 2012-2013 academic year and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. Medallions and certificates were presented to all team members. “Thirty-Eight Oklahoma Two Year College students will make up the All-Oklahoma Academic Team for 2013,” said Executive Director of OACC Gary Davidson. Oklahoma started to take part in the program in 1994 and continues to be one of thirty-five states to still participate. This program is collaboration between USA, Follett Higher Education Group, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, AACC, and Phi Theta Kappa. At this year’s program, two Connors State College students were recognized as members of this team at an awards luncheon, Friday, March 8 in Oklahoma City. Linda McLaughlin and Stephanie Anderson, both PTK members and honor students for Connors earned “All-USA Academic Team” after being nominated by President Dr. Tim Faltyn. Anderson was not only recognized as a member of the “All-USA Academic Team,” but she also was the highest scoring nominee out of the 38 students which earned her the title of the New Century Scholar for Oklahoma. “I was proud to nominate these two much deserving students. It is nice to be able to award students with honors like these when they work so hard. We are certainly proud of Stephanie being named as the New Century Scholar for our state,” said President of Connors State College, Dr. Tim Faltyn. Anderson will receive a $2k scholarship and will be featured in AACC’s Community College Times and Community College Journal. Anderson, who is one of fifty students in the nation to receive this honor, will represent Oklahoma at the American Association of Community Colleges Convention in San Francisco, CA, April 20-23. “We are proud of Stephanie’s academic accomplishments and work at Connors State College. We believe she is an outstanding representative for our state,” commented Davidson.
Read Stephanie’s Feature in the Muskogee Phoenix here.